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Emory Mulling, Chairman

mu Emory MullingEmory Mulling is a nationally recognized HR Consultant and Executive Coaching expert. As Founder and Chairman for the Mulling Corporation, the Mulling family of businesses is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The was firm founded in 1986 and is a leader in HR consulting for small, medium and large companies.

A former Vice President of Human Resources, Emory’s background includes 16 years of corporate Human Resource experience with three Fortune 500 companies. He was the youngest VP of HR at Pepsico with 20,000 employees falling under his domain.  His tenure in Human Resources gives him a wide breadth of knowledge in every aspect of management and critical policy and procedures. His longevity in the industry allows him the foresight to pinpoint key trends to keep his clients on the pulse of workplace issues in any economy, in any situation.

A prolific writer, Emory wrote a nationally syndicated column for five years entitled People Smarts for the American City Business Journals giving management advice to employers.  He has been quoted in dozens of national publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Time, Fortune, Kiplinger’s, Entrepreneur, Newsweek and The New York Times. Emory has hosted a timely and provocative radio show for Georgia Public Broadcasting entitled, “At Work with Emory Mulling,” where his show received the “Gabby Award” for the Best Non-News radio show in Georgia.

Emory is author of “The Mulling Factor: Get Your Life Back by Taking Control of Your Career.”  This book contains The Mulling Factor©, an insightful, science-based, assessment tool used to identify a person’s ideal boss and work environment.

Emory has been active in many professional and civic organizations and won numerous awards:

  • Board Chair as well as Past President of the Society for Human Resource Management-Atlanta Chapter (SHRM), which awarded him its “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
  • Recipient of the “Prowess Award” by The YWCA of Greater Atlanta for implementing programs and practices to empower women in the workplace.
  • “Georgia Businessperson of the Year” by the Future Business Leaders of America.
  • Past President of the Association of the Career Firms International for North America.
  • Certified Fellow, International Board for Career Management, serving three years on the Board of Governors that sets the requirements for certification and the ethical standards for the career consulting industry worldwide.
  • Mulling Corporation is not only the chosen talent management firm for prominent businesses large and small, it has also been recognized as an A+ Employer-Best Places to Work in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle

A Georgia native, Emory has been married for over 35 years with two grown children. Emory served in the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence Analyst at Battalion Headquarters. He was given the highest security clearance of the U.S. Army and in that capacity analyzed national security issues related to the safety of our country.

Mulling Corporation is not only the chosen talent management firm for prominent businesses large and small, it has also been chosen as the #1 Small Business A+ Employer-Best Places to Work in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Our specialization in Executive Coaching, Team Integration, Conflict Resolution, and Career Transition ensures that top companies remain leading innovators in their respective fields.

Joe DeLapp, President

Joe injects a 30+ year career leading both large, global companies as well as with smaller, more entrepreneurial companies largely in medical device, consumer products and equipment industries. At three consecutive companies spanning 27 years at Briot/ABB, Ciba Vision, and JNJ, Joe led high performance teams that generated all-time high sales, profits and market shares.

In his 18 years prior to Mulling, Joe served as CEO spanning two companies—First, 10 years at Briot/ABB, leading a remarkable and complete turnaround in the medical equipment space. Earnings improved from -55% to +l0% to net sales within three years and share grew from #4 in market share to #1. The team built by Joe generated the first US profit in 10 years prior to his arrival. Joe’s second CEO roll was at start up Visioneering Technologies, Inc. (VTI) for eight years, which specialized in disruptive technology in optometry in one underserved presbyopia category and the other in the emerging myopia progression category. Joe led the company’s raise of $12M in institutional and angel funding during the height of the country’s financial crash in November 2008. VTI was later recognized for the GA BIO “Deal of the Year” in 2009.  The company went IPO four years ago.

Prior to his roles as a CEO, Joe spent five years at Novartis with then #2 contact lens seller, Ciba Vision, one year heading up their global, new product activities for lenses and lens followed by nearly four years as the US VP of Marketing and Sales with additional responsibilities including Customer Service and Package Engineering (more than 300 people and $300M in sales). During his tenure,  Joe used a combination of consumer and professional initiatives that lead the company to: a) #1 market share position as well as b) all-time high sales and profitability c) the prestigious Irv Bennet Award given once every five years for the best practice management program, d) a completely different way of positioning  how contact lenses were marketed to the largestuser segment—females/teens.

Joe’s career also includes twelve years at Johnson & Johnson and two years at Proctor & Gamble. At J&J, Joe developed and marketed successful new consumer and professional wound care products (antimicrobials/antibiotics, bandages, burn gels), feminine hygiene and dental products (bi-component fibers with actives for dental floss and revolutionary technologies, designs for toothbrushes that are today’s standards, and fluoride rinses), leaving as the Director of Marketing.

A graduate of Hillsdale College with a BA double major in English and Business, Mr. DeLapp also received an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Indiana University. He is on the Board at the Rising Phoenix Group, the National Fundraising Board for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the P&G Alumni Association in Atlanta and the advisory Board at LPI, Inc.. Joe has been married for more than 30 years and has three grown children.

Jeff Bermel, VP Customer Experience

Jeff Bermel is a veteran HR professional with over 39 years of business experience.  In his current role at Mulling, Jeff provides outplacement consulting and executive coaching services. Before joining Mulling, he was corporate Director of Human Resources and HR Business Partner at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), supporting the company’s full- service managed hotels in North America.   Before beginning his corporate career at IHG’s Atlanta Headquarters, Jeff held business unit level HR leadership positions.  Prior to his 28-year career in Human Resources with IHG, Jeff was an operations leader with increasingly responsible leadership positions, including two hands on assignments as General Manager of hotels.

In addition to supporting hotels directly, Jeff has supported numerous corporate teams at IHG’s headquarters in Atlanta. His responsibilities including partnering with operational leaders for talent and succession, organizational change, acquisitions and dispositions, employee relations, compliance and disaster support.    Jeff’s Human Resources portfolio at IHG included Business Partner responsibilities for an operations call center.   Jeff spearheaded the OFCCP compliance program for managed hotels.  He also led the design of business processes for an employee relations hotline call center servicing a portfolio of 200+ locations and 14k employees.

Jeff holds a B.A. from Purdue University – Ft. Wayne, IN, and an M.B.A. from Our Lady of the Lake University – San Antonio, TX.  He holds professional certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Jeff has been married for 35 years and has three grown children.   In his free time, Jeff enjoys cooking, golf, canoeing, and backpacking.  He holds leadership positions in his church and in the Boy Scouts of America.  He is also a volunteer at the Roswell United Methodist Church Job Networking Ministry.

Sharon Dean, Senior Consultant

ha Denise HallSharon R. Dean is a Certified Professional Coach, Business Consultant, and Trainer with over 25 years of experience in various industries. Her focus is Executive and Career Transition Coaching wherein she leverages her leadership and management experience, along with several proven tools and methodologies, to achieve results for both organizational and individual clients. When working with organizations, Sharon predominantly uses The Birkman Method™ to coach executives beyond stumbling blocks that limit their leadership effectiveness.

Clay Hood, Senior Consultant

ho Clay HoodClay has over three decades of experience in the consumer tissue and away from home tissue industries as well as personal care products in the feminine, adult and baby care categories.  He is a former senior executive (Corporate Officer) for Kimberly-Clark Corporation with extensive international experience. Clay most recently led the North Atlantic Supply Chain, comprising 22 manufacturing sites in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, 10 countries in all.  He has forged strategic partnerships with key equipment and material suppliers, driven manufacturing excellence initiatives and identified and implemented critical supply chain footprint consolidations.

Ken Manson, Senior Consultant

ma Ken MansonKen Manson’s career spans forty years in the Commercial Real Estate Industry with Nationally recognized organizations including Gerald D Hines Interests, Cadillac Fairview Urban Development, Portman Properties, JMB Properties, Compass Management & Leasing, Grubb & Ellis, and most recently as President of Fifth Street Management Company. Ken has a particular expertise in the use of the Birkman Method to assess potential employees, manage existing employees, and coach promising executives. During his career he has employed the Birkman Method in over seven hundred instances to enhance the success of organizations of which he was a part.

Dianne Young, Senior Consultant

yo Dianne YoungDianne has over 16 years of experience in coaching and consulting with executive management.  Dianne works with her clients to help them transform their executive performance and presence, interpersonal relationships and organizational results by helping them to recognize and utilize their natural and unique talents and qualities with confidence.  She has worked with executives, manages and teams in healthcare, technology, banking, advertising, higher education, manufacturing, and non profits.  Her experience, enthusiasm and commitment create a positive, productive environment for learning and change.

Why Clients Choose Mulling.

The coaching experience was outstanding and the impact of the coaching was a positive impact on my life. Mulling Corporation's approach wasn't to change me, but rather focus on my strengths and help me become more aware of the areas I can improve upon. My consultant was extremely effective in helping me organize my thoughts, plan for development, and implement behavioral changes.

Senior Leadership Team Member, Cherokee Town Club

Mulling Corporation develops a strong partnership with its clients. He builds trust and mutual respect at all levels. He cares about the success of his clients and follows up and maintains a professional working relationship with his clients. The corporation enriches both the personal and professional growth of all clients.

VPHR, Global Telecommunications Company

The Mulling Corporation, along with other support, saved my career as a banker. My Executive Coach was quite professional and geared his approach to enlighten me to see my weaknesses and overcome my objections to my leadership style. In my case, I needed some tough coaching. He provided it to me but with caring and thoughtfulness. He used his years of knowledge in the human resources arena to guide me to a favorable result.

Senior Commercial Loan Officer, Banking Industry

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